Earlier, the CPI-M had withdrawn its candidates from all four seats of Agartala Municipal Corporation to avert further attacks on them Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: Following the sweeping victory of the BJP in the recently-concluded civic polls in Tripura, the opposition CPI-M has alleged attacks on its workers by members of the ruling party. In the results announced on Friday, the BJP came out victorious in 66 out of the 67 seats of the civic bodies, including four of the Agartala Municipal Corporation, following the by-polls held on Thursday.

Former finance minister Bhanu lal Saha and CPI-M state committee secretary Gautam Das have accused BJP of attacking them in Bishalgarh town of Sepahijala district on December 27.

Former Tripura finance minister Bhanu lal Saha, who was attacked by miscreants on the day of civic by-polls in Bishalgarh town of Sepahijala district on December 27

Speaking to EastMojo, Das said, “I was accompanied by another MLA Ratan Bhowmik, and as we reached the Bishalgarh SDM’s office, a group of miscreants came and tried to drag me out of my car. However, we somehow managed to escape.”

Following the attack, the Sepahijala SP along with his team of policemen rushed to the spot, but failed to arrest anyone, Das alleged.

Speaking on the issue, Pabitra Kar, secretary, CPI-M, told EastMojo, “Earlier, former minister and MLA of Bishalgarh constituency along with other agents were also beaten up and harassed by BJP workers. Hence, the state committee was forced to withdraw the candidates from the polls.”

State election commissioner G Kameshwara Rao had declared December 22 as the election date for 157 seats in 14 municipal seats where 1,70,341 voters were scheduled to cast their votes. Later, the date was shifted to December 27 without citing any reason by the State Election Commission.

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